As my cycling has evolved, I have made concessions regarding time on the bike and intensity. Another change was riding flats on my mountain bike and clipless on my road bike. After a couple slow motion falls mountain biking, I have changed to flats for good. My impression is there is very little change in my performance – would a World Cup MTB rider think the same – probably not too many. At this point for me, safety before performance. Here is an interesting post from our friend and professional bike fitter, John Weirath, P.T. on the topic:
Keep riding, spring is beginning.